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RumiDude
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PostWed Apr 10, 2019 8:43 pm 
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Brushwork wrote:
On a related note, I don't see as many as I used to

Climate change is a huge culprit, as is loss of habitat. They hybernate, but the foods that would normally sustain them after awaking are now often past the stage and no longer available. Many simply starve.

Also with the cutting up of their habitat through extraction and development, they are cut off from the size of breeding population needed for good genetic diversity and simply finding a partner.

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PostWed Apr 10, 2019 9:09 pm 
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Thanks, Ian.  I'll have to see if I can get that from the city or county libraries.  In thinking more about my "made of different stuff than us" comment, it occurred to me that if the current crop of "record-setters" run out of challenges, one thing they could try is to do some of their trips the old-fashioned way - 70 lb vintage packs w/vintage equipment, livin' on marmots and frog legs. Double-dog dare-em!   lol.gif

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PostThu Apr 11, 2019 12:14 am 
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Anne Elk wrote:
scene-stealing squirrel in Banff park

Ah yes... I remember this internet sensation! ❤️

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PostThu Apr 11, 2019 12:20 am 
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Anne Elk wrote:
the old-fashioned way - 70 lb vintage packs w/vintage equipment

I am currently doing this. I am limited at the moment and using hand-me-downs. I've done it before and come up but currently doing it again.  up.gif  hihi.gif  shakehead.gif

I am using a great tent with incorrect poles that suffice with an oversized pack and a car camping sleeping bag!  waah.gif  waah.gif  waah.gif
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PostFri Apr 12, 2019 8:29 am 
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Brushwork wrote:
...I don't see as many as I used to...

The only place I still see a lot is the Mt. Baker area. Other areas of the North Cascades they seem to be disappearing. Who thought we'd ever see the day when park officials asked the public to report marmot sightings! There actually was a guy hanging out 100' from this sign, but after reading the sign, I decided I shouldn't eat him.

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PostMon May 06, 2019 2:45 pm 
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BTW, here is a good reason to leave the cute critters alone.
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PostMon May 06, 2019 3:49 pm 
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kvpair wrote:
BTW, here is a good reason to leave the cute critters alone.

Or at least a good reason to not eat them raw. Yuck!
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